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Recovering Addicts Offer Insight for Those Entering Treatment

“I think if people are on the fence about coming to [a rehabilitation facility], you have one foot in the door.”

Jarakah, a recent graduate of

A Forever Recovery’s addiction treatment program

in Michigan,

summed it up perfectly.

If you are considering entering a treatment facility, then you have taken the first step, which is always the hardest. Making the choice to heal yourself and share your story with others is no easy feat, and the unknowns of a treatment facility can be intimidating. To shed some light on the process, here is some insight from those who have completed rehabilitation.

There Is Help Everywhere

 Positivity and love will be the name of the game. The counselors and residents know what you’re going through and will give you the reinforcement you need.

 Eric said, “I had people coming up to me before, during and after class, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, while we were playing cards — all the time — just asking me how I was doing. They told me, ‘Hang in there,’ ‘You can do it,’ ‘We've been there,’ ‘You're strong, you can do this.’ As far as recovery goes, they had my back 100 percent. If I ever needed anything, they would drop whatever they were doing and help me out. And coming from using drugs and hanging out with drug addicts, that's usually not the case unless it involved drugs. So to ask for something — and
to offer nothing — and get whatever you ask for in return is a really gratifying and rewarding experience.”

For Mitchell, it wasn’t long before he was more at ease. “The people and the staff make you feel comfortable and it doesn't take long to make good friends,” he said.

And while many people find the first few days to be a bit rocky, everything smoothes out fairly quickly.

Steven noted that, “For anyone who starts transitioning from one place to another, it's going to be rough for a couple of days. But after you snap out of that initial funk, you start to learn, and your mind is open and you're clean. It's just a fantastic feeling. You get through the program and know you're worth it and know you're not doing it for anyone else but yourself.”

You Have Nothing to Lose

It takes a lot of courage to admit you have a problem, and it takes even more courage to talk to strangers about your problems. But in going to a treatment center, you really don’t have anything to lose — and you have everything to gain.

Gerald said he was initially nervous. “I didn't want to go away from home that long. But that's what it takes. What helped me the most is that it all goes together: your peers, your counselors, your case managers, your facilitators — everything works together. Everybody fits in with everybody. Everybody is everybody's friend. Everybody helps everybody. And it's been a really amazing experience to spend over 5 weeks with all these different people with different addictions.”

And Matt told me, “For people who are struggling, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It worked for me, and I'm the most stubborn person you'll ever meet! You've got nothing to lose. You've got everything to lose out there when you're still using and drinking. What's 45 days of your life?”

The time you invest in recovery will pay off in so many ways, and it truly does amount to a new lease on life.

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